Workbook for Dry Cleaner Compliance Available Online

The Kentucky Dry Cleaning Environmental Workbook has been newly updated for 2016.  The workbook provides guidance for dry cleaners on how to stay in compliance with Kentucky air, water and waste permits and requirements.

Many dry cleaners use Perchloroethylene, or “perc,” to clean fabrics; however, it is an air toxin and has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a possible carcinogen. Perchloroethylene can also easily infiltrate soil and groundwater.  Because of its toxicity at low levels, Perchloroethylene is considered a hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. It’s important to both human health and the environment that such substances are managed properly.

Air quality regulations seek to control emissions from the use of Perchloroethylene, which vary depending on the size of the sources and whether the dry cleaner is using transfer or a dry-to-dry machine. The workbook contains guidelines for the air permit application process and step-by-step instructions for calculating potential air emissions.

The workbook also outlines hazardous waste generator requirements and explains how to avoid common violations. There are guidelines on proper chemical storage, including Perchloroethylene. Additionally, the workbook contains information to help dry cleaners determine if they create wastewater and if so, how to appropriately deal with it.

The document has detailed instructions on how to correctly clean up spills, handle other emergency situations and includes contact information for government agencies statewide that may provide additional clarification and assistance.

The Kentucky Dry Cleaning Environmental Workbook and other resources are available on the Division of Compliance Assistance’s online resource library at Any questions regarding the document or dry cleaner compliance may be directed to the Division of Compliance Assistance at 502-564-0323 or